If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Human intelligence is hard enough to measure, and over the decades today's ubiquitous Intelligence Quotient, or "IQ," test, the standard by which we are all judged, has caused ferocious controversy. But today we have a new, potentially even thornier dilemma – how we assess the intelligence of today's and tomorrow's increasingly capable Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents, and perhaps, one day, even the Avatars and robots that they'll inhabit. While there are those who argue we shouldn't even bother trying to measure AI's IQ, whether it's because AI is seen as an "rapidly evolving alien, artificial and synthetic" form of intelligence by nature that is "dramatically different to human intelligence," or because today there are already so many different variants and variations of AI it makes "one standard to rule them all" almost impossible to define, being able to measure things seems deeply engrained into human behaviour. Therefore, it's obviously inevitable that at some point we will find ourselves adopting a new standard, an IQ test for AI that "once and for all" can tell us if we are in fact dumber than the 10,000 IQ chip in our trainers which is slated by Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son, who now owns ARM, to arrive by 2047. Over the decades there have been a number of attempts by companies, such as Facebook who recently wrote a white paper on how to "Evaluate the intelligence of AI," and individuals, such as Alan Turning with his Turing Test, to create an standards based test but in the main very few of them have been hailed as credible.
Author and futurist Ricard Yonck contemplates the greatest partnership of all time: Humanity and technology. Their continued evolutionary blending will allow us to seed the universe with the rarest and most precious of gifts: Life. Will humanity and technology still thrive millions of years from now? Yonck believes this amazing partnership can continue to lift us up and enable us to journey from the confines of our planet throughout our solar system and beyond. "The more I learn, the more I realize just how intricately interconnected everything in our universe is – past, present and future." Futurist Richard Yonck is founder and lead futurist for Intelligent Future Consulting where he consults, writes and speaks about emerging trends and technologies, with a focus on their impacts on business and society.
Ideally, an interface will surface the deepest principles underlying a subject, revealing a new world to the user. When you learn such an interface, you internalize those principles, giving you more powerful ways of reasoning about that world. Those principles are the diffs in your understanding. They're all you really want to see, everything else is at best support, at worst unimportant dross. The purpose of the best interfaces isn't to be user-friendly in some shallow sense.
We'd all like to think we'd fare well in an intelligence test - but this fiendishly difficult quiz has proved too tricky for even the brainboxes among us. The new IQ test from Playbuzz has a mixture of language and maths-based questions sure to test your all-round mental abilities. In fact, according to the creators of the quiz, only one per cent of people who have taken the test so far have managed to get more than 4 out of 7 answers right. Those who score highly on the test tend to have a long-attention span, and can grasp mathematical concepts quickly. So, are you ready to see if you should deserve to be in Mensa?
Over the past few years, AI has dominated news cycles and captured the imagination of entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers alike. We can see the potential: self-driving transportation on-demand, robotic assistants in the home, and Amazon Echo version 14.0 to do things the human mind could never even contemplate. That future isn't far off -- a decade or so, maybe. But as much as we talk and read about AI, many of us still think about it in the wrong way. People compare artificial intelligence to human intelligence too much and often see human intellect as the end goal for AI.
Just as no one company can make a smartphone and all of its underlying components, no single company can claim to "solve AI." The human brain has various dimensions of intelligence, including creative intelligence, social intelligence, perception intelligence and emotional intelligence. Our applied AI approach revolves around creating an ecosystem of AI solutions that augment and simulate each of the major dimensions of human intelligence while also staying connected to each other through a system of intelligence.
If you're good at games, you might also be good at everything else. That's according to a new study that found two of the world's most popular video games act like IQ tests. Those who are the best at them also get the highest scores on traditional intelligence tests, suggesting that video games might actually make you smarter. Both games – League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) – combine strategic thinking with quick reactions, and so could both reward and train up particular kinds of thinking. That seemed to be confirmed by the study, which compared people's levels of skill in the games with their IQ.
You might think having a smart boss must be a good thing, but new research has shown there is an optimal level of intelligence for a leader. Experts found that bosses whose IQ was more than 18 points higher than their employees begin to lose their respect. The results also showed a strong link between intelligence and performance up to an IQ of around 120, after which point this trend begins to go into reverse. The news may cause concern for US President Donald Trump, who is famously proud of his'huge' intellectual prowess. Experts have found that bosses whose IQ is more than 18 points higher than their employees lose their respect.
The average IQ in the UK is 104 but even the brainiest Brits may struggle to get through this challenging test. A new quiz from Playbuzz puts your IQ to the test in a series of fiendishly difficult puzzles and riddles that are leaving the Internet baffled. Devised by user Terry Stein, players are faced with ten baffling questions and according to Playbuzz only 0.1 per cent will be able to secure full marks. Those who do master the challenge are said to have a'passion for perfection', enjoy challenging themselves and'excel in finding problems and solutions'. Think you can rise to the challenge?
Two decades ago I started working on metrics of machine intelligence. By that time, during the glacial days of the second AI winter, few were really interested in measuring something that AI lacked completely. And very few, such as David L. Dowe and I, were interested in metrics of intelligence linked to algorithmic information theory, where the models of interaction between an agent and the world were sequences of bits, and intelligence was formulated using Solomonoff's and Wallace's theories of inductive inference. In the meantime, seemingly dozens of variants of the Turing test were proposed every year, the CAPTCHAs were introduced and David showed how easy it is to solve some IQ tests using a very simple program based on a big-switch approach. And, today, a new AI spring has arrived, triggered by a blossoming machine learning field, bringing a more experimental approach to AI with an increasing number of AI benchmarks and competitions (see a previous entry in this blog for a survey).